Dr Mike Doherty
MBChB MRCGP MFFLM DFMB
Mike joined the practice on 1 October 2013, after working at a practice in Burnley for many years. Mike lives in the Ribble Valley, and is a GP Trainer. Mike works for a day a week for the police service in forensic medicine. He is interested in musculo-skeletal medicine and the management of respiratory disease.
Dr Jennifer Fairwood
MBChB MRCGP MRCP
Jennifer joined the practice in July 2009, becoming a partner in 2010. She is responsible for Palliative Care and End of Life Care. Jennifer lives in the Ribble Valley and has worked in practices near Colne and in Longridge where she was a GP Registrar.
Dr Ian Ibbotson
MBChB DRCOG DFFP DOcc Med
Ian is another former GP Registrar in the practice. Ian runs the occupational medicine service which he has developed over recent years. He is the practice representative at East Lancashire Medical Services (GP out of hours), and represents the practice on the Treatment Room Committee.
Dr Will Mackean
MBChB MRCGP DRCOG DFFP
Will is the final former GP Registrar in the practice. Will qualified as a GP trainer in 2004. He is the IT lead, and represents the practice on the GP Clinical Commissioning Group. His particular area of clinical interest is mental health.
Dr Joanne Mellody
MBChB MRCGP MRCP
Joanne joined the practice as a GP Registrar in 2007, remained in the practice throughout 2008/9 as a GP Assistant, and became a partner in 2010. She has taken responsibility for coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease.
Dr Sunil Nedungayil
MBBS D.Orth, DNB (ORTH) MSc (Orth ENGG) MRCGP
Sunil joined the practice in 2010, and was also a former trainee. He has a great deal of experience in orthopaedic medicine, and works part-time for the local musculo-skeletal service. He is Clinical Lead for the practice, and is also a GP Trainer.
Dr Susie Owen
MBChB BA (Hons) MRCGP DRCOG DFFP
Susie is a part-time partner, and GP Trainer. She is the staffing lead in the practice. Her clinical areas are Women’s and Sexual Health.
We employ five doctors in the practice to assist the partners. Patients may book appointments directly with any of these doctors, although they work on a part-time basis and at different times during the week. Details of their surgery times are available at the reception.
Dr Sibylle Holch
MD (Germany) MRCGP DFFP DCH
Works on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Dr Kirsty McCreath
Works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Dr Ismat Latif
MBChB MRCGP DFSRH
Works on Monday and Tuesday
Dr Ebenezer Emerald
MRCGP PLAB2 MBBS
Works on Monday PM, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Dr Jill Osgood
Works Monday, Tuesday AM, Wednesday, Thursday AM, and Friday
We have a team of five Practice Nurses, two Assistant Practitioners and a Healthcare Assistant led by Trudy Howe. Appointments to see them should be made in advance by telephoning the main Health Centre. They provide ongoing care for patients with problems such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease. They also offer advice on immunisations, foreign travel, diet, exercise, smoking cessation and health promotion in general. The nurses also run minor illness clinics.
The Practice Manager is Julie Oliver who looks after the running of the practice. The Reception Team organise the appointments and surgeries, and are usually the first point of contact with the practice. Staff deal with requests for home visits, telephone calls, test results etc. The Administration Team undertake all the secretarial work, including referrals to hospital and letters to patients.
Members of the Reception and Administration Teams are authorised by the doctors to provide information to patients, and may well ask for further information when you call. Patients should be assured that all staff members are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors.
The midwives are usually responsible for maternity care throughout a woman’s pregnancy and up to 28 days after the birth. The GP practice will normally inform the midwives when a woman becomes pregnant, and arrangements will be made for an appointment. This is an opportunity to discuss issues such as antenatal screening and possible options regarding the place chosen for delivery. The midwives see women in antenatal clinics at the health centre (or hospital); they run parentcraft classes with the health visitors usually at 7-8 months of pregnancy, and they have close links with both GPs and hospital consultants. They may be contacted through the main practice telephone number.
This team provides expert nursing care and advice to patients in their own homes, working closely with the doctors. The nurses are able to support patients in a number of ways, which may include help with wound care, caring for people following an operation, liaising with social services staff, providing access to aids and appliances, and caring for the terminally ill.
This team offers advice on all aspects of child care and development. Health visitors run baby clinics and provide help and support for mothers and babies, taking over from the midwives around 2-3 weeks after the baby’s birth. They can advise parents on issues such as breastfeeding, post-natal support and post-natal exercise.
Treatment Room Nurses
Patients can go there to receive treatment for very minor injuries, or they may be asked to attend for procedures such as blood tests, ECG’s or dressings. The doctors undertake minor operations in the Treatment Room, assisted by the nursing staff.
Mental Health Workers
The Ribble Valley has teams of specialist mental health workers including social workers, counsellors and psychological therapists. They are trained to provide confidential help and support to individuals of all ages with mental health problems using a range of therapeutic and counselling skills. They are accessed directly by GP referral.